Emerging Writers: Writing and Review Meet-Up

Monday November 27, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:45 pm -- Westgate Branch: West Side Room

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Come with questions, a work in progress, or an empty notebook. All writers are welcome in this casual, supportive environment. Authors Bethany Neal and Alex Kourvo will be on hand to answer questions and give encouragement. This is an excellent opportunity to meet your fellow Ann Arbor writers as well as get feedback from published authors.

This is a monthly meet-up that welcomes all writers to ask questions, connect with other writers, or simply have a dedicated time and place to work on their projects.

Do you have a completed manuscript? Consider submitting it to the library’s new imprint, Fifth Avenue Press: fifthavenue.press.

Dreamcatchers Craft Workshop

Sunday December 3, 2017: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Learn how to make your own dreamcatcher and, if you’d like, bring a treasured object to weave into it.

Local crafter Dawn Henry leads this workshop. The dreamcatcher project is intricate and will likely take the entire time to complete.

Chain Mail Bracelets

Thursday December 7, 2017: 6:30 pm to 8:45 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Local crafter Beth Battey will teach you how to make a cool chain mail twist bracelet, using links, pliers and patience!

It will take the entire time to complete the project.

Candy Making 101 with Keegan Rodgers

Friday December 8, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Keegan C. Rodgers, Head Baker at the People's Food Co-Op, leads this hands-on and lively workshop on how to make candy!

In this class, students will learn how to make chocolate truffles and bark, plus how to work with sugar to make rock candies or brittle! The ingredients, the steps involved with each candy, and how to properly store the finished product will all be covered in this class. You get to try some of Keegan's tasty treats too!

This event is cosponsored by the People's Food Co-Op and is part of an ongoing baking series.

Tiny Expo: Indie Holiday Art & Craft Fair

Saturday December 9, 2017: 11:00 am to 5:30 pm -- Downtown: 1st Floor Lobby

Join us for Tiny Expo and shop 45 artists and crafters selling handmade wares in a festive library space where you can shop local and handmade! It's a great way to support your community and find unique gifts. We'll also have several make and takes happening in the Secret Lab!

See vendor list here!

Happening from 1pm-4pm during Tiny Expo:
* Screen Printing with Modati -- bring in something to print cool designs on!
* Hands-On Activities -- stop by the Secret Lab for some die-cutting, letter press printing, card making, and pom pom making!

We are a part of the 2nd annual Winter Art Tour. There are 10 art shows across 2 cities featuring over 300 artists during the weekend of Dec 8-10. Get your official passport stamped at 4 of the 9 locations in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti and get entered to win handcrafted prizes! Their website has all the details.

Raw Vegan Winter Tips

Tuesday December 12, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Westgate Branch: West Side Room

Get great tips from an expert on how you can maintain a fresh diet and have a vibrant winter.

Ellen Livingston is a certified yoga teacher and has benefited from a raw vegan diet since 2002. Ellen offers yoga and raw food classes in the community and at her home on 5 acres in Ann Arbor. Ellen also offers life coaching and health retreats.

This event is in partnership with the People's Food Co-Op.

Cookies Galore with Keegan Rodgers!

Wednesday December 13, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Keegan C. Rodgers, Head Baker at the People's Food Co-Op, leads this hands-on and lively workshop on how to make cookies galore!

In this class, students will learn all about how to make a variety of cookies for the holidays or anytime. The ingredients, the steps involved with each cookie, and how to properly store the finished product will all be covered in this class. Keegan will have cookies to taste too!

This event is a partnership with the People's Food Co-Op and is part of an ongoing baking series.

Felt Ball Fun!

Sunday December 17, 2017: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade K - adult

Local crafter Beth Battey leads this hands-on workshop.

Start with colorful wool roving, add warm water, a little soap, and some patience to get a fun felt ball! Felt balls can be toys for kids and pets, jewelry, a garland or a fun decoration.

Smell and Tell: The Plague Doctor’s Cabinet of Olfactory Curiosities

Wednesday December 20, 2017: 6:30 pm to 8:45 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

During the Black Plague many believed that smelling sweet substances prevented disease caused by miasma, a form of “bad” air (Italian mal aria) given off by decomposing organic matter. This shaped the work of plague doctors, who donned protective masks inspired by the shape of a bird’s beak to accommodate aromatic materials like rose, carnation, mint, spices, and camphor.

We continue to conquer bad smells with good ones even though germ science has replaced the miasma theory of disease that was prevalent in 14th century Europe. The west has entered a period of obsessive aromatization in the culture that has less to do with disease and more to do with masking odors created by everyday living in the age of science.

Have we been taught to fear our human essence? What is it about natural organic and human odors that generate anxiety? How does this feed into smells as indicators of “otherness” in the culture? Modern perfumery touches on scent memories that are familiar, forgotten, othered and repressed. We’ll examine aromatic substances used by plague doctors to understand the multiple forms, functions and facets of smells, and how this shapes how we evaluate people and our surroundings.

The Smell and Tell series of lectures is led by Michelle Krell Kydd, a trained nose in flavors and fragrance who shares her passion for gastronomy and the perfume arts on Glass Petal Smoke. The Smell and Tell series debuted at the Ann Arbor District Library in 2012 and is ongoing.

Emerging Writers Workshop: Understanding Story Arc

Monday January 8, 2018: 7:00 pm to 8:45 pm -- Westgate Branch: West Side Room

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

When talking about fiction, we often separate plot from character, discussing each separately. But when writing, the two go hand in hand, and must be considered together. Does plot come from character growth? Or does the character serve the plot? In this workshop, Alex Kourvo and Bethany Neal will show you how to integrate plot and character into one seamless novel that works on multiple levels. ​

This is part of the monthly Emerging Writers Workshops, which offer support, learning, and advice for local authors. Each month, two weeks after the workshop, there is a meet-up where the instructors will read samples of your work and offer advice and assistance in a casual, supportive atmosphere. Do you have a completed manuscript? Consider submitting it to the library's imprint Fifth Avenue Press: fifthavenue.press.